Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza – South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Directed by Chuck Bergeron

Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza – South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Directed by Chuck Bergeron

Label: Summit Records

Release date: Aug 2020

Catalog number: 757

Tracks:

> 01 Cheap Thrills
comp: Rick Margitza
> 02 The Place To Be
comp: Rick Margitza
> 03 Widow's Walk
comp: Rick Margitza
> 04 Brace Yourself
comp: Rick Margitza
> 05 45 Pound Hound
comp: Rick Margitza
> 06 Premonition
comp: Rick Margitza
> 07 Walls
comp: Rick Margitza
> 08 Sometimes I Have Rhythm
comp: Rick Margitza
> 09 Embraceable You
comp: Rick Margitza

During 15 years of SFJO, the band has released four albums of original music and presented many great artists in concert; including Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Wycliffe Gordon, Kevin Mahogany, Tom Scott, and the legendary Ira Sullivan. Here they welcome Brian Lynch & John Hart on a program of original, accessible – well written music from the incredibly experienced & talented Rick Margitza!

All music composed and arranged by Rick Margitza except Widows Walk and Embraceable You, arranged by Dan Gailey

Saxophones: Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle, Jason Kush, Mike Brignola

Trumpets: Greg Gisbert, Augie Haas, Jason Carder, Jesus Mato, Alex Norris, Jared Hall, Pete Francis, John Daversa

Trombones: Dante Luciani, John Kricker, Andrew Peal, Major Bailey, John Fedchock

Rhythm Section: Martin Bejerano – piano, John Hart – guitar, Chuck Bergeron – acoustic and electric bass, John Yarling – drums

Additional Players: Brian Lynch – featured soloist, David Leon – bari sax and bass clarinet, Derek Pyle – trombone, Xavier Desandre Navarre – percussion

 

REVIEW:

South Florida Jazz Orchestra: Cheap Thrills-The Music of Rick Margitza

Bassist and band leader Chuck Bergeron takes tunes penned by Miles Davis alumnus and saxist Rick Margitza and delivers them with an all star team that includes trumpeters John Daversa and Brian Lynch. Margitza brings some nice soling of his own, riding the pulse with guitarist John Hart on “Cheap Thrills” and weaving through the drama with extra percussion on “Widow’s Walk”. The orchestra displays its funky soul for Greg Gisbert’s trumpet on ”Walls” while Lynch rides the backbeat along with the tenor titan on “ 45 Pound Hound”. The charts get tropical on “Brace Yourself” and richly impressionistic for a nice read of “Embraceable You”. Nice winds blowing off the Gulf of Mexico.

-George Harris for JazzWeekly

 

REVIEW:

Economics was the main reason the big bands died off in the 1940s and cost is the reason large jazz bands seldom venture out on tour. This hasn’t prevented jazz musicians from continuing to explore the orchestral possibilities of large ensembles, usually in stand-alone concerts or recording studios.

A recent example, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, brings nearly 30 musicians together in elaborate setting of compositions by Rick Margitza. A saxophonist with a distinguished sideman career, Margitza worked alongside Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and others as well as enjoying a long relationship under his own name with Blue Note Records. The music was chosen in polished arrangements by bassist-band leader Chuck Bergeron, an instructor at the University of Miami. Most of the players were recruited from—as the band’s name says—southern Florida, but heard among them is Milwaukee expat trumpeter Brian Lynch.

-Shepherd Express

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